1Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord,#2Tm 1:8 urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received, 2with all humility#Col 3:12 and gentleness, with patience,#Ex 34:6; 2Tm 3:10 bearing#Heb 13:22 with one another in love,#1Co 13:1 3making every effort to keep the unity#Eph 4:13 of the Spirit#Ps 51:11; Jn 1:33; Ac 2:4; Rm 8:9; Gl 5:25; Ti 3:5; Rv 3:22 through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit#Rm 12:4-5; 1Co 10:17; 12:9,12-13; Eph 2:16,18; Col 3:15 — just as you were called to one hope#4:4 Lit called in one hope#Ac 26:6-7; 28:20; Rm 5:2; 8:23-25; Eph 1:18; Col 1:5; 1Th 1:3 at your calling — 5one Lord,#1Co 1:13; 8:6 one faith,#Jd 3 one baptism, 6one God#Dt 6:4 and Father#Mt 5:16; 11:27; Lk 11:13; Jn 8:42 of all, who is above all and through all and in all.#Ps 104:24 7Now grace was given to each one of us#1Co 12:7-11 according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8For it says: When he ascended #
on high, he took the captives captive; he gave gifts to people. # 4:8 Ps 68:18 #
9But what does “he ascended” mean except that he#4:9 Other mss add first also descended to the lower parts of the earth?#4:9 Or the lower parts, namely, the earth#Jn 3:13; 6:62; Rm 10:6-7; Php 2:6-11 10The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens,#Jn 3:13; 6:38 to fill all things.#Eph 1:23; Heb 4:14; 7:26; 9:24 11And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,#Rm 7:4; 1Co 10:16; 12:27; Col 2:17 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son,#Jn 5:19; Heb 1:2 growing into maturity with a stature#Lk 2:52 measured by Christ’s fullness. 14Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching,#Rm 15:4; Heb 13:9 by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head#Col 2:10 — Christ. 16From him the whole body, fitted and knit together#Col 2:2 by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth#Col 2:19 of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.